Press Releases

Media Contact:
Sharon Oddy
Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications
+1 732 699-5130
soddy@iconectiv.com

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Do You Take Calls from Numbers You Don’t Recognize? Odds Are, You Don’t

In this day and age, where so many in-person interactions have been replaced with remote engagements, digital transformation has become fundamental. As a result, businesses and consumers are relying on their mobile devices more than ever – utilizing voice and text communications to navigate their personal and professional lives. But with more than 85 billion spam phone calls being placed globally each year – costing trillions of dollars in lost business and productivity – keeping both the voice and messaging ecosystem safe for consumers and attractive to business is critical. In a recent interview with Mobile World Live, iconectiv CTO Chris Drake answered these questions, and discussed how to further build trust in communications, insights on new solutions to better identify legitimate businesses and more.
Apr 25, 2022
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How Service Providers are Weeding Out Illegal Robocalls, SMS Spam and Other Fraud Before It Reaches Consumers

Each year, communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide lose over US$39 billion to fraud such as illegal robocalls, SMS phishing (“smishing”) and “wangiri” callback schemes, according to the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) and analyst firms. During the panel session, “Protect Your Customers from One-Ring Scams: Trusted Tools to Fight Fraud,” iconectiv telecom fraud expert David Estes will discuss how CSPs are upgrading their existing call-blocking analytics to identify calls from high-risk and unallocated number ranges and suspicious premium-rate numbers.
Apr 22, 2022
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iconectiv Toll-Free-Number Expert Mike Gilbert Elected ATIS SNAC Co-Chair

Years of illegal robocalls, SMS spam and fraud have undermined consumer trust in voice calls and text messages, including those from toll-free numbers. Restoring trust is critical for service providers and all the retailers, schools, healthcare providers and other organizations that depend on toll-free numbers to inform and engage consumers. As a new co-chair of the ATIS SMS/800 Number Administration Committee (SNAC), iconectiv Senior Account Director Mike Gilbert will oversee key toll-free number industry initiatives such as ensuring consumer trust in voice calls and text messaging.
Apr 21, 2022
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The Path to Trusted Voice Calls and Text Messages

In an effort to stave off the more than 85 billion illegal robocalls placed each year, as well as SMS phishing (“smishing”) and other fraud, industry players have banded together to keep the voice and messaging ecosystem safe for consumers and attractive to businesses. Abe Nejad, publisher of The Network Media Group, recently sat down with iconectiv Senior Vice President George Cray during Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona to discuss the latest on STIR/SHAKEN, Registered Caller™ and industry trends.
Apr 19, 2022
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Rich Call Data Helps Increase Call Answer Rates, Restores Consumer Trust

This year, consumers will lose $40 billion to fraudulent robocalls. The deluge of illegal robocalls also has conditioned 58 percent of consumers to answer calls only from numbers they recognize. This makes it difficult, expensive and sometimes impossible for hospitals, schools and other legitimate organizations to reach consumers. At a SIPNOC 2022 panel, Rich Call Data (RCD) Best Practices: Building Trust for Future Success, John Haraburda, Principal Solutions Engineer at iconectiv, will explore how RCD is poised to help increase call-answer rates by providing an enhanced caller ID display that includes a company’s name, logo and call intent.
Mar 17, 2022
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Understanding How Service Providers and Regulators Can Prepare for SHAKEN’S Global Expansion at SIPNOC 2022

With more than 85 billion spam phone calls placed globally each year costing trillions in lost business and productivity, keeping the voice ecosystem safe for consumers and attractive to business is an objective we all share. In the U.S., service providers and industry players have been focused on implementing solutions designed to ensure the integrity of communications networks and mitigate any call-answering hesitation. During the SIPNOC 2022 panel session, SHAKEN Goes Global: Opportunities and Challenges for Service Providers and Regulators Worldwide, George Cray, Senior Vice President at iconectiv, will outline a set of shared, technological best practices to extend this trust-restoring framework across country borders.
Mar 16, 2022
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iconectiv Shines Light on How Restoring Trust in Phone Calls and Text is Key for Digital Transformation

At MWC Barcelona 2022, iconectiv will share examples of successful industry initiatives and technologies that are restoring consumer trust in voice calls and text messaging, which is paramount to helping ensure the success of enterprise digital transformation. Rebuilding consumer trust in voice calls and text messages — after years of being undermined by illegal robocalls, SMS spam and fraud — is critical to the mobile ecosystem and all the retailers, schools, health care providers and other organizations that depend on it to inform and engage consumers.
Feb 23, 2022

In the news

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MWC22 gets ready to unleash connectivity

As companies gear up to spend approximately $2.8 trillion USD on digital transformation by 2025, network operators and the ecosystem that makes B2C communications possible, need to make sure their customers have the confidence that the calls and texts they are receiving are from legitimate companies. In anticipation of MWC22, VanillaPlus magazine recently spoke with Peter Ford, Executive Vice President at iconectiv, regarding the impact digital transformation will have on connectivity and communications, as well as identity verification.
Feb 25, 2022
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CSPs must adopt a common language to ensure optimised operations

iconectiv estimates that CSPs lose up to 20% of their annual capital expenditure—$65 billion industry-wide—because of communication challenges, asset complexity and misunderstood inventory. Under pressure to deliver 5G, edge computing, virtualized networking and other capabilities, CSPs are using a common language for the deployment, interconnection and management of physical and virtual assets. In this VanillaPlus article, Eyad Alqadi and John Hayes explain how common language provides visibility for CSPs and their external organizations—such as partners and vendors—to easily understand and optimize their assets.
Feb 25, 2022
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Registered Caller: A Centralized Registry Service to Collect, Vet and Send Enterprise STIR/SHAKEN and Rich-Call-Data to Consumers

STIR/SHAKEN is a now widely-adopted protocol enabling telecoms to feed calling party attestation info to consumers when they receive a call from businesses and organizations of all types and sizes. George Cray, iconectiv Senior Vice President of Product along with an expert from CTIA, sits down with Dan Baker, editor from Black Swan Telecom Journal, to discuss the adoption of initiatives like Registered Caller.
Jan 7, 2022
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Tuning Your Selling Approach For 2022

The science of selling is constantly evolving. Over the last several decades, selling has become more capital intensive, data driven and teamwork oriented. Several secular forces have been changing the nature of selling incrementally over time. Peter Ford, Head of Information Solutions Business at iconectiv, shares his insights on allocating the most effort toward the biggest customer opportunities.
Dec 28, 2021
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Trusted Communications: Authenticating Calls with Delegate Certificates

People simply do not answer the telephone anymore unless they unequivocally know who is calling. That is hurting legitimate businesses that rely on voice calls to reach their customers. In the latest Network Media Group panel, experts from iconectiv, CTIA, and T-Mobile address the industry's progress in restoring consumer faith and confidence and how a new policy change is helping simplify the verification process.
Nov 5, 2021
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5G: The Universal Structure for Service Providers

Multi-access edge computing, virtualized network function and 5G give service providers powerful new ways to maximize scalability, flexibility and operational efficiency while enabling new services and revenue streams. In the latest Network Media Group panel, experts from iconectiv and AT&T explore how a common naming strategy plays a fundamental role in unlocking the true promise and commercial value of 5G.
Nov 5, 2021
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STI-GA Enhances STIR/SHAKEN Functionality to Authenticate Broader Range of Calls

Representing a major advance for the industry-driven work to mitigate illegal robocalls, the Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority (STI-GA) announced the launch of new STIR/SHAKEN functionality. Beginning October 22, the new software expands caller ID authentication reach with the use of delegate certificates that allow Resp Orgs—the companies responsible for assigning toll-free telephone numbers—to directly join the SHAKEN ecosystem.
Oct 20, 2021

Events

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Common Language IAB &TAG Meeting

The Common Language International Advisory Board (IAB) and Technical Advisory Group’s (TAG) will be held in San Antonio TX, on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd. The advisory board discusses topics impacting the telecommunications industry, while the TAG session addresses day–to-day operational concerns in regard to specific code sets identified to satisfy subscriber business requirements.
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ITEXPO 22

Studies show that in the U.S., 76 percent of calls from an unidentified or unfamiliar number are left unanswered. While the deployment of the STIR/SHAKEN framework is helping mitigate spoofing and robocalling, some legitimate business calls may consequently be mislabeled as spam, even if they are not. To combat this, businesses and their numbers must be vetted, registered and verified by service providers to help outbound calls be delivered to consumers and displayed appropriately.
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Back to the Future

The Global Mobile Money Market is booming. Originally valued at USD $3.4 billion in 2019, it is expected to grow to USD $25.76 billion by 2027, as more consumers than ever before are turning to their mobile devices to conduct banking transactions via SMS and RCS. And while the opportunity for the burgeoning mobile money market is great, it does not come without challenges – specifically how to safeguard the mobile wallet against bad actors.   iconectiv will join operators, risk…
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Fixed Asset Management for the Telecom Industry

You are cordially invited to an exclusive summit of telecom industry leaders for an interactive discussion on the business impacts that new financial regulations and asset management challenges have on telecommunication companies in the region.
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iconectiv at ITW 2022

iconectiv will join international carriers and messaging providers at ITW 2022 in National Harbor, MD from May 9-12, 2022. iconectiv experts will be on-site to talk about the benefits of iconectiv’s TruReach Toll-Free 8MS solution in ensuring communications connectivity.
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Telecom Fraud & Risk Management Forum Africa

This event seeks to discover up-to-date methods and strategies in preventing fraud attacks and minimizing revenue leakages. This event will carry the best presentations from the industry top speakers with an insight into the future of preventing telecom fraud.
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Mobile Carriers Show 22

CCA’s Mobile Carriers Show is the only North American event to focus exclusively on smart strategies, technology innovations, and business opportunities for carriers in this increasingly mobile world. As a result, it brings together more senior decision makers from more carrier organizations than any other tradeshow in the United States. The educational program at MCS 2022, along with its networking opportunities and exhibit hall, will explore technology trends that are changing the way we…

Speaking Engagements

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SHAKEN Goes Global: Opportunities and Challenges for Service Providers and Regulators Worldwide

Keeping the voice ecosystem safe and attractive for consumers and business is an objective we all share. Fortunately, progress with STIR/SHAKEN, centralized caller verification via Registered Caller™ and the emergence of Rich Call Data is having a significant impact on the way we connect and communicate.
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Rich Call Data (RCD) Best Practices: Building Trust for Future Success

With illegal robocalls now representing nearly half of all unwanted calls in the U.S., according to the FCC, it’s no wonder that the lion’s share of calls from unidentified or unfamiliar calls (76%) are left unanswered. While verified information and initiatives like STIR/SHAKEN have helped mitigate illegal and unwanted robocalls, the telco industry must continue to develop additional frameworks to protect consumers and businesses.